Just Charlie G

I’m no stranger to HD Brows and until a few months ago was having them done extremely regularly and satisfactorily with the fabulous Michelle of Defined Brows.

Disaster struck though and Michelle hasn’t been working in Exeter for quite some time now and when Brenda Anvari at Visage House offered me the HD Brows treatment at her beautiful salon I popped along for a very much needed treatment.

I’ve done many blog posts about Brenda Anvari’s Salon and products so it goes without saying that I was treated to a relaxing treatment and at a very high standard.

A quick run down of what HD Brows are for those who aren’t familiar. Essentially brows the HD way are created using seven steps, so not just your wax or pluck and shape. There’s threading, tinting, waxing, plucking, cutting, powder. There’s usually a detailed consultation and assessment before starting too.

I’m pleased to say that at Visage House every step was followed to the letter and I was delighted with my brows when I left the salon.

At this point I need to apologise for my very much NON HD photographs. I don’t really know what happened. Of course when looking at the thumbnails on my PC they looked fine and I can’t retake the pictures as my brows have grown out…anyway, here, take a look.

HD Brows at Visage House Exeter


HD Brows at Visage House Exeter

It’s testament to the training that these HD Brows were carried out in exactly the same way as my usual therapist and if I had to choose I couldn’t tell you which was better. As it is, to my knowledge Visage House are currently the only people offering HD Brows in Exeter and I’m pleased to say they are excellent.

At Visage House the treatment costs £36 which puts it out of my price range BUT I’ve checked, it’s quite in line with national prices for the treatment.

If you need to get those brows in shape, just do it, you won’t regret it.


*HD Brow treatment provided free of charge for review purposes*

Brenda Anvari Firming Eye Gel

Still loving everything from Brenda Anvari I’ve tried, with everything having become a staple for me.  The latest product to join my regime is the Firming Eye Gel.  For your £15.95 you get 15ml of product, which I believe is just a little lower than average for a quality brand and product.

The gel itself is really gorgeous, although on the website the picture is of a clear gel, this is actually a green gel, which looks positively inviting and cooling.

Brenda Anvari Firming Eye Gel

Ingredients include Aloe and Seaweed which are of course rich in antioxidants and there’s vitamin E to hydrate and firm the skin and help reduce the appearance of under-eye circles. It is of course, as a gel, soothing and has a de-puffing effect as it cools and soothes.

I have to say I find eye products a little on the tricky side to review because I’ve not tried one that hasn’t made any difference. I think the reason for this is simply that if the delicate skin around the eyes is kept moisturised then it’s plumper and fine lines appear smaller. Ultimately though, that means I can say that I have seen results using this product, which I have come to expect from the brand.

This is such a lovely light product though, and I think especially wonderful in the Summer months. For a cooling soothing finish I have long been a fan of the Clinique All About Eyes roll on product which I got a bit addicted, but this is easier on the purse and does just as good a job.

Another Brenda Anvari winner. I won’t rest until you all know this brand!

Available from Visage House

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Oh my word. I cannot tell you have amazing my house smells right now. It smells fruity and christmassy and glorious.

Meet the Brenda Anvari Cranberry Orange and Cinnamon Scent Diffuser.

Brenda Anvari Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Scent Diffuser

There’s only so much you can say about room fragrancing, but this is a beauty of a product. I’m a huge huge fan of Brenda’s skincare and salon as I’ve previously blogged about and will be doing again in the near future. But there’s also a great range of home fragrance products. There are six scents to choose from, Cranberry Orange and Cinnamon, Lime Mandarin and Grapefruit, Persian Rose, Orange Blossom, Pomegranate Raspberry and Patchouli  and Ylang Ylang Sandalwood and Black Pepper, and for each scent there are two different sized candles, a room spray, a reed diffuser and a refill. Incidentally, I have my diffuser in the lounge, but when you enter the house, you can smell it as soon as you walk in, this really does scent your home!

Brenda Anvari Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Scent Diffuser

I’ve sniffed all the scents in store and can tell you my next purchase, after Christmas will be either the Ylang Ylang or the Raspberry, they are both wonderful, well they are all gorgeous, but those are next on my list!

This is perfect for the season and if you haven’t yet investigated Brenda’s wonderful range then I suggest you do so and maybe get a cheeky order in for Christmas. I can highly recommend my top picks of the Diffuser, Skin Tonic and the Skin Serum, although so far, I’ve yet to try a duff product. You really can’t go wrong.

If you’re local to Exeter, do take a trip to the store, it’s a veritable treasure trove of jewellery, skin care, scented goodies and tasteful bits and bobs.

*Disclosure – PR sample*

I recently posted about a couple of beautiful Brenda Anvari skin care products I was using, the Skin Tonic and the Skin Serum. Those two items have made a massive difference to my skin, seriously, dehydrated skin? What dehydrated skin? So I’ve now added a few more products to my weekly and daily skin routines.

Brenda Anvari Skincare

I recently went along to Visage House for a Deep Pore Cleansing Facial which was superb. I have raved before about the experience at Visage House and this occasion was no different, with the exception that on this occasion I was treated by Brenda Anvari herself. Not only was my skin treated to a very excellent and effective facial but I was able to pick Brenda’s brains to get the benefit of her many years of expertise in the skincare industry.

I have learned that since using the Skin Tonic and Skin Serum twice daily since my last visit I have managed to stop my skin being dehydrated which is in itself a revelation. I’ve learned a lot about the little bumps on my face (which is why I was there). A huge amount of those little bumps on my face have now been removed, a few remain, particularly on my chin, which Brenda was unable to work so thoroughly on as I was having a break out at the time of my appointment and squeezing and digging around in infected spots is a strict no no.

At Visage House there are four Face Treatments ranging from 45 mins to 1hr 45 mins, each is tailored to the individual. Prices range from £50 to £89 and if you are in the local area (Exeter) I highly recommend.

After my Face Treatment I was sent off with three new products to add into my daily and weekly regime and much like the Skin Tonic and Skin Serum, these are absolutely fabulous and my skin is really starting to show  the difference now I believe.

The Cleansing Milk (£15.95 for 250ml) is beautiful, with Lavender, Grapefruit and Bergamot. It smells out of this world. In the evenings I use this after first using an oil cleanser, and in the mornings I am using this alone. You just massage it in really well before either rinsing off or removing with a tissue or cotton wool. I prefer to  wash away with a muslin as I feel that’s most effective, but this is beautifully gentle, but still super effective. I then follow up with the Skin Tonic and the Skin Serum. Morning and night.

Then in addition I have the completely amazing Facial Exfoliating Cleanser (£15.95 for 250ml).

Brenda Anvari Skincare

I love this. I love everything about it. I love the herbal scent (rosemary). I love the light creamy texture and I love the amount of scrub it gives… it’s perfection. It leaves my skin glowing. If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s a scrub that’s so gentle you can’t feel the scrub, but neither is this harsh, it feels like it’s working and it leaves my skin glowing. I use this three times a week.

Finally, I’m now using the Intensive Face Mask (£15.95 for 50ml)

Brenda Anvari Skincare

For something called Intensive, this is the lightest creamiest  mask ever. It’s not one of those that dries on your face like a clay mask, nor is it a peel off mask, this is one of those that dries almost invisible and there are several ways of using it. You can use it as your traditional face mask, apply it and leave it on for 15-30 minutes then remove. Or if your skin is in particular need of saving, you can apply and leave on overnight. Then finally Brenda told me that if you do ever squeeze a spot (tut tut), then apply some of this to it immediately after and leave. The mask replenishes and restore the skin with it’s ingredients, Sea Buckthorne Oil That has a rich source of vitamin A and Omega 7 and Bergamot Oil for anti-aging and conditioning. It’s truly gorgeous and leaves my skin so smooth and radiant.

My skin is still not perfect, I’m still battling with hormonal spots that never seem to go, but that aside, my skin has never been better. I’m also using a wonderful moisturiser and eye cream which I’ll be blogging about very soon, but I credit Visage House and Brenda Anvari for the massive change in my skin. The treatment has cleared out the vast majority of blocked pores (some of which I’m told had been blocked for a long long time) and the products I’m using are helping to stop the pores from getting blocked again. Things are definitely on the up. Each blocked pore is a spot waiting to happen, so to have so many removed really helps me get back to a blank canvas as it were. Now my skin is no longer dehydrated, but is combination, but because it’s sensitive that means it could change at any time… so I’m doing my best to look after it.

I cannot recommend Brenda’s skincare products highly enough, they are exceptionally well priced considering the expertise and wonderful ingredients that go into them, and they are really effective, without any scientific babble to blind you. Gentle, cruelty free, simple and effective, perfect.

The next step for me on the road to skin recovery is to get the rest of the blocked pores unblocked and then I’m keen to get a facial oil into my routine somewhere. I’m also thinking I might go for a bit of Microdermabrasion at some point but will be taking advice from Brenda as to when she thinks that will be appropriate.

If you’re in Devon and you need your skin sorting, get yourself to Visage House for the most luxurious, effective Skin Treatments around. If you’re not in Devon but you like the sound of any of the products then you can buy the whole range online along with the beautiful home fragrances and body products.

Postage and Packaging is free if you spend over £50 and that is easily done, especially with Christmas looming, or  it’s £6.95 per order.

*Disclosure – Both the products and the treatment were provided to me free of charge*

I recently told you about my visit to Visage House in Exeter, to try out CACI, the non-surgical face lift. I told all about CACI, what it is, how it feels and what results you can expect to receive.

Today I want to tell you about Visage House, Brenda Anvari’s products and about the things I learned about my skin.

When I went for my appointment I nearly didn’t spot Visage House. I actually walked past it twice…I was looking for your traditional beauty salon and I bypassed the gorgeous looking gift shop rammed full with elegant bottles and potions and jewellery.

Visage House Exeter

Then I spotted where it was and headed in to a warm welcome, offers of a drink while I filled in a form and took in my surroundings and waited for my therapist Paula.

When Paula was ready I was ushered into the treatment room which was softly lit and there, in the middle was to all intents and purposes a bed. I’m sure it was the usual type of couch, but there was no mistaking the the big thick pink polka dot duvet. I was asked to remove my top, and shoes and to pull my bra straps down so that my shoulders and upper chest were uncovered, and then I hopped into bed and was tucked in. Very cosy it was too! Considering it was a very hot day, I didn’t feel at all hot. I don’t quite know how that worked, but the temperature was just dandy.

The last time I had a facial (at another salon), it was so hot and stuffy I left with a horrific migraine. This was absolutely fine. And I might add very comfortable.

So Paula asked me if I had any concerns about my skin, and I saw the opportunity to mention the bumps under my skin that have been plaguing me for so long now. I’ve tried so many things to be rid of them but nothing has worked. And in addition, I’ve never actually known what my skin type is as I never seemed to fall into any of the neat brackets. I have hormonal spots, I have dry patches around my nostrils, the bumps under my skin all around my jaw, chin and cheeks, and I’m in my late thirties so concerned about ageing.

Now I know what I am! So Paula decided to examine those bumps and told me that the contents would tell her exactly what condition my skin is in. And so she set about, well, I’m sure there’s a technical term for it, but the best way I can describe it, is squeezing. It was fairly uncomfortable at times, and she only did a few because that wasn’t why I was there. And so it is that the contents of my little bumps are hard. Which tells Paula, and me, that my skin is dehydrated, other factors, based on our discussions, also presented the us with the fact that my skin is sensitive.

This is the best picture I could find of  “the bumps”… I think you can just see my cheeks and chin aren’t smooth.

Visage House Exeter

I cannot tell you how delighted I am to learn this. I know it sounds weird to learn your skin has a few problems, but it’s not, the fact is that once you know what the problem is, you can go about fixing it. Before now I’ve been fumbling around blindly trying to treat my spots, care for the dry bits, and worrying about ageing. All of which I’ve been doing and probably making things worse in the process.

So, the way forward for me is to have a deep pore cleansing facial, in which she’ll clear out all of those blocked pores and to strip back my routine to cut out all heavy moisturisers, all anti ageing products, all spot creams, just everything and go right back to basics with the most simple products… and then and only then, when my skin is clearer and less bumpy and reactive, then start adding in anti ageing products where necessary. And of course, the recommended products are Brenda Anvari products.

Now Brenda Anvari is the owner of Visage House, but for many years Brenda worked for Elizabeth Arden, training therapists all over Europe, before moving with Elizabeth Arden to New York to look after their US Salons, train all new therapists and to develop new treatments and so she bought a great wealth of experience and knowledge with her when she opened her own salon in Exeter. Along with the salon is a great range of products, for your skin, for your body and for scenting your home. And what I’ve tried is so beautiful I’m convinced enough to be ditching everything I’ve previously used.

Brenda Anvari

Brenda Anvari
I was lucky enough to be sent home with the Skin Tonic and the skin serum, both of which I’ve only been using for a week now but so far so good. The Skin Tonic is a floral water toner to balance and stimulate the regeneration process, it’s also calming and so perfect for my sensitivities. 100% pure, no added ingredients, . No parabens. Gorgeous rose product my skin loves. I’ve been naughty, very rarely toning, now I’m religiously toning twice a day. This is £15.95.

Then there’s the fab Skin Serum which is also rose, it’s a perfectly clear gel form, that feels slightly sticky when I apply it but absorbs so quickly into my skin it fails to cause any issue. It’s all free and infused with antioxidants and essential oils and seems to be calming a my skin quite well. After my pore clearing and and CACI, I did suffer quite an outbreak (because I have reactive and sensitive skin and it was also that time of the month) and I believe the two products I was sent home with have really helped to calm the break out also.

I can’t afford to replace my whole regime with Brenda Anvari’s products, yet so I will be replacing one by one as and when I can afford it, so at the moment am reaching for the most basic bits in my collection to compliment the above two products, and I’m giving away anything fancy, rich, full of ingredients I don’t need. I’ll also be back in to the Salon for my Deep Pore Cleansing Facial.

Regarding the skincare products used on me during my facial, I must give special mention to the Sicilian Lemon cleanser which smelled and felt wonderful,  and also the Facial Exfoliating Cleanser.  Stunning.

And before I round up this super long post I must also give mentions to the body care line, I was given an arm and hand massage using a body cream which comes in several stunning varieties, I opted for Pomegranate, Raspberry and Patchouli (as stunning as  I thought it would be), but other options included Lime, Mandarin and Grapefruit, Orange Blossom, Persian Rose and Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Black pepper. The last one is what I’ll choose next time!

Finally there is also a beautiful range of home fragrance products in all of the above scents and Cranberry, Orange and Cinnamon…. I’m thinking they will make wonderful Christmas Presents.

Whilst those of you not local to Exeter can’t very easily go along to Visage House for a treatment (if you are local, you should) but should any of the products take your fancy, you can buy them all from the Visage House website. Delivery is a hefty £6.25 per order, but I understand that all items are sent by courier.

Amazing. My skin is already seeing the benefits and when I move house (have I mentioned I’m moving imminently??) then I’m going to ensure the house is beautifully scented too.

*Disclosure – products mentioned were received free of charge*